Decorating a temporary living space is just as exciting a creative endeavor as it is an extremely frustrating one. Personalizing a blank canvas bedroom that we do not own makes even the most simple of home ornamentation tactics (like hanging picture frames, painting walls, or lighting candles) off-limits. Not to mention the effort spent moving heavier statement pieces into these spaces often outweighs the actual time spent living in them. In order to successfully transform temporary homes according to regulation and with flair, we need to find craftier decor solutions.
Non-anchored accents and lightweight furniture don’t need to be impersonal or throwaway. Ahead we’ve selected items that are easily movable, safe for temporary spaces, and still full of charm. With options from vibrant stick-on wallpaper to elegant collapsible furniture, stylish storage, and other portable dual-purpose goods, making someone else’s home our own has never been easier.
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Opalhouse Floral Light-Filtering Curtain
Create flexible boundaries inside a shared room or apartment with a set of stylish curtains that will still allow light to filter through — just hang a panel or two from an open door frame or ceiling to section-off your space.
Opalhouse Floral Daisy Light Filtering Curtain Panels Pink, $24.99, available at Target
Your Zone Canvas Flip Chair
Make the most of your short-term living situation with a smaller piece of furniture that’s easily moved in and out but still packs a powerful punch — like this chic, blush-pink sleeper seat.
Your Zone Canvas Flip Chair, Blush, $99, available at Walmart
Urban Outfitters Peaches Removable Wallpaper
If painting your space is off-limits, try livening those bare walls up with panels of stick-on wall paper.
Urban Outfitters Peaches Removable Wallpaper, $39.2, available at Urban Outfitters
Gantri Blimp Table Light
While you may not to be able to install full-on dimmer switches into your temporary living digs, you can still create some mood lighting with a table lamp that boasts dimmable capabilities from its cord.
Chris Granneberg Blimp Table Light, $98, available at Gantri
Stone & Beam Braided Basket Set
This light trio of woven nesting baskets makes stylish multi-purpose use in a short-term space — from simple storage to laundry toting, stylish waste baskets, or general catch-alls.
Stone & Beam Modern Machine-Made Braided Basket (Set of 3), $54.99, available at Amazon
ThreePotatoFour Rainbow Felt Letter Board
Instead of covering your walls in posters you’ll likely tear down by the year’s end, pick up this rainbow felt letter board that will allow you to shift your self-expressive style every semester (or day).
Threepotatofour Rainbow Felt Letter Board, $84.99, available at Bando
Modway Haste Storage Stool
Use this slender and sculpturesque stool as both a side table, extra seat, and secret …read more